Alcohol sales in Czech Republic halted due to methanol contamination (update)

Authorities in the Czech Republic have banned all sales of alcoholic beverages with more than 20 percent alcohol after 19 people died from drinking bootleg vodka and rum containing poisonous methanol. At least two dozen patients have been hospitalised. The source of the illegal alcohol has not yet been identified. Travellers in this country can minimize their risk of consuming ethanol-laced alcohol by avoiding purchasing these beverages from street vendors and market stalls. Only alcoholic beverages made with commercially produced alcohol should be consumed.

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